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Gronkowski named one of 10 best under age 25

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  May 16, 2012 01:59 PM

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Former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah is now writing for NFL.com, and today posted an article on the 10 best players under the age of 25 in the league.

Not surprisingly, Patriots' TE Rob Gronkowski made the cut.

Jeremiah writes this of the 23-year old, who set new records for touchdowns and receiving yards by a tight end in 2011:

The word "Beast" is grossly overused in today's sports vernacular. However, in Gronk's case, there is no better term to describe him. In just his second season, he established himself as the best tight end in the NFL. He hauled in 90 balls for 1,327 yards and 17 TDs (a record for tight ends). He had multiple TDs in seven different regular season games. He has ideal size, speed and hands. His ability to use his frame to wall-off defenders on third down is a huge luxury for Tom Brady. I'd also rank him as the second best red-zone target in the NFL behind only Detroit's Calvin Johnson.

The 49ers' excellent young defense landed two players in the top 10: DE Aldon Smith and LB NaVorro Bowman.

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